Who is John Barrowman MBE? Meet the I’m a Celebrity contestant, actor and entertainer

How will the perfectly polished star cope with jungle life?

Even Ant McPartlin’s jungle absence isn’t enough to put the brakes on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!.

The ITV contest is back, and this time John Barrowman MBE is signed up as a contestant. His many talents include acting, singing and presenting, but will his skills come in handy in the jungle?

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Age: 51

Occupation: Actor and entertainer


Best known for: John Barrowman has had such a long and varied career in entertainment that it’s impossible you wouldn’t know him from something, but Torchwood and Doctor Who are his most famous recent projects.

He played fan favourite Captain Jack Harkness in both shows, and said that one scene in Torchwood showed him how tough he’s going to find the jungle.

John said: “Filming Torchwood, there was a scene where we filmed in a coffin. They put me in a coffin in a drawer and I couldn’t do it. It was see through and so I could see space but I couldn’t do it. I had a panic.”

The star has also had many starring roles in musical theatre, including West End and Broadway productions of Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, and Sunset Boulevard.

He’s been a judge on several reality-show searches for new West End stars, including How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything.

As well as acting and musical theatre, John has been a presenter on shows including This Morning and The Friday Night Project, was one of the original Live & Kicking team, and took part in the first series of Dancing on Ice as well as winning the 2010 Strictly Christmas special.

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He said: “Will I be pining for [my husband]? Oh gosh no! I am looking forward to the quiet! I am very logical and I know that once this show is done, I will be back at work. It’s not like I am never going to sit on a sofa and watch TV again!”

Jungle fears: “Confined spaces, jumping out of planes and I am allergic to shellfish.”

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! returns on Sunday, November 18 at 9pm on ITV.

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